You recognize that he does not answer ALL prayers, nor in the way that we always want. Based on that alone, your statement is incorrect. Not all
prayers? Then whose? So essentially there is favortism, which would not be in line with an omnipotent being. If you argue that there is not
favortism, then you must conclude that he (god) must be incompetent in certain areas, thus ignoring some of the people.
You, kind sir, are not using logic. Certainly there is no favoritism with God. Why must he listen to all prayers? Do you know more than God? Or
can you read everyone's heart and mind? Do you know God's mind? Can you judge him?
Now it would be good to remind you of this fact:
(Acts 10:34, 35) . . .: “For a certainty I perceive that God is not partial, 35 but in every nation the man that fears him and works
righteousness is acceptable to him.
There is no prejudice with God. He does not make distinctions between people because of their race, ethnic background, age, gender, or any other
thing. He merely looks at their heart, and those who are righteous are acceptable to him.
Now you ask the question of favoritism, and certainly there is none with God. And he even tells us why he doesn't listen to every prayer. For
example in a certain scripture it is stated:
(Proverbs 15:29) . . .Jehovah is far away from the wicked ones, but the prayer of the righteous ones he hears.
Here we clearly see that a person that is wicked, acts detestable, Jehovah is far away from that one. But God does hear the prayer of the righteous.
You asked the question, that is the answer.
Here is another example of why God refuses to listen to many people's prayers (this can include entire groups of people that have become blood-guilty
in God's eyes):
(Isaiah 1:15) . . .And when YOU spread out YOUR palms, I hide my eyes from YOU. Even though YOU make many prayers, I am not listening; with
bloodshed YOUR very hands have become filled.
Now God would prefer to listen to that peoples prayers so he does tell those who are wicked and detesable and filled with violence (which he detests)
and bloodshed this:
(Isaiah 1:16, 17) . . .Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the badness of YOUR dealings from in front of my eyes; cease to do bad.
17 Learn to do good; search for justice; set right the oppressor; render judgment for the fatherless boy; plead the cause of the widow.”
Like Zeer0 stated, why is it that you would get a wish granted (yes, I call them 'wishes') and hungry children in 3rd world countries prayers
The scripture states that whatever we pray for (if we do so with faith) that is according to God's will will be answered Jehovah's witnesses.
Although he does answer the prayers of all who are sincere. And Jesus then tells us what is appropiate to pray for in Matthew 6:9, 10. For Jehovah
holy name to be sanctified, for God's righteous kingdom government to rid earth of all wickedness and establish his righteous government and bring
peace to all the earth, to ask for forgiveness of sins, to ask for food to eat for today.
People in third world countries can pray for the same things and be answered. God does not give success as far as worldly concerns go. He does
listen to his people. None of Jehovah's witnesses anywhere in the world, and many are poor, are left hungry or go without a place to stay. So he
does take care of his people and does answer the prayers of righteous people.
If someone is neglected it is not Jehovah's fault. They need to draw close to him. Jehovah is not ruling the world in general right now. He has
let man rule himself. Man certainly has not helped himself has he? And while he has, in his wisdom, allotted a time for man to rule without his
intervention to prove that man cannot rule himself, he will soon intervene and set matters straight. At that time he will answer the prayers of all
those moaning and groaning over all the detestable things that are being done on earth. Then all those who hate what is good will be done away with
and the righteous will be left in a world of peace and security.